are places we went last year.
Prices listed are per each adult (and may be inaccurate until I recheck them all). Discounts are often given for children, seniors, students, and sometimes military.
Any notes about reservations are for my benefit.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
What it is: 1 hour tour of tea ships and historic items related to the Boston Tea Party. Throw tea in the ocean just like Ye Olde Ancestors!
Hours: 10am - 4 pm
Boston Symphony Orchestra
What it is: 1-1.5 hour guided tour of Symphony Hall.
Hours: Wed, 4pm
Additional Info: A reservation for a group tour will need to be made in advance.
What it is: 80 minute land and water tour in a repurpose WWII vehicle
Hours: ? tours don't start until 3/19
What it is: Kart Racing (no blue shells)
Price: $10 for an F1 license and $28 to actually drive on the (cheaper) track
Hours: 9am - 11pm
Additional Notes: It's a bit out of the way since it's in Braintree and using public transit will take us about an hour to get there by bus. Must be 18+ with valid driver's license. There are also a bunch of other rules you might want to read
What it is: The Green Monstah! 50 minute tour of Red Sox home field (I don't know sports, so if my terminology is wrong, write a post to call me out on it and flog me).
Hours: 11am - 6pm at each hour (maybe longer, as it will only tell me the winter hours now)
What it is: A zoo. Look at the animals.
Additional Notes: Animal exhibits include Tropical Forrest, Giraffe Savannah, Kalahari Kingdom, Serengeti Crossing, Tiger Tales, Franklin Farm, and Outback Trail. Read more here.
What it is: A walking tour of historic Boston sites. Roughly 2.5 miles in 90 minutes
Price: $13 for guided tour (plus admission to some sites)
Hours: 12pm or 1:00pm (maybe more options as the summer season starts in April, but it won't show that schedule yet)
Additional Notes: We can do a self-guided tour to avoid the $12 ticket price, but it's less fun.
Spots on the Trail:
Park Street Church
Granary Burying Ground
King’s Chapel Burying Ground
Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School (Oldest Public School)
Old Corner Book Store
Old South Meeting House ($6)
Old State House ($7.50)
Site of Boston Massacre
Paul Revere House ($3.50)
Old North Church
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
Bunker Hill Monument
Additional Notes: We can take the Boston Town Crier
tour instead. It seems nearly identical, but shows more hours and costs $1 more.
Gibson House Museum
What it is: Museum of a late 1800's row house
Price: $9 guided tour
Hours: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Additional Notes: Museum is 4 floors and has no elevator. Cash or check ONLY, no cards accepted! Group of 12+ needs an advance reservation.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
What it is: Narrated tasting (proper brewery tours are only on weekends)
Hours: 2pm and 4pm
Additional Notes: Since it's a tasting, it may be only 21+. The website doesn't say.
What it is: Another Museum. Exhibits on dinosaurs, fossils, evolution, minerals, and the glass flowers
Price: $12 (includes admission to Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology)
Hours: 9am - 5pm
Institute of Contemporary Art
What is it: An art museum. They claim even the architecture of the building is interesting and noteworthy.
Hours: Wed 10am - 5pm, Thu 10am - 9pm
Isabella Sewart Gardner Museum
What it is: Art in a 3 story “Venetian-style palace” with courtyard
Hours: 11am - 5pm (open until 9pm on Thursday)
Additional Notes: They just added a new wing
. $2 discount if you visit here and the Museum of Fine Arts within 2 days. Bonus: the website says if your name is Isabella, you get in free :P
JFK Presidential Library & Museum
Mary Baker Eddy Library
What it is: Library/museum centered around a female writer in the late 1800’s
Price: $6 each
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Additional Notes: Home to the Mapparium
! A 3 story painted glass globe. (Viewable only by tour. Tours are every 20 minutes, starting at 10:20am.) Might be closed for renovations...
45-60 minute guided tours available, but only listed on the group rate page. I may have to reserve it (if we have a group of 15+).
What it is: Pastry shop in the North End.
Price: depends on what you buy
Hours: 8am - 10:00pm
Additional Notes: Last year people complained Mike's Pastry was too tourist-y so we can try this alternative this year.
What it is: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Campus tours, public art collection, museum (with exhibits on robots, stop-motion photography, and other cool stuff), and more
Price: many things are free. $8.50 for the museum
Times: varies depending on what we do. Campus tours are 11am and 3pm. Museum hours are 10am - 5pm. Art tours must be scheduled in advance.
Additional Notes: They periodically have some very cool-sounding events. Check out what will be happening when we're in town.
Museum of African American History
What it is: Abiel Smith School (first public school specifically for African American children), African Meeting House (the center of Boston's African American community in the 1800's), and an optional 1.6 mile walking tour
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Science
What it is: Museum of Fine Arts. Can't say it any plainer than that.
Hours: 10am – 9:45 pm
Additional Notes: Check the current
exhibits to see what will be showing while we're in town.
New England Aquarium
Sam Adams Brewery
What it is: An aquarium. Look at the otters, turtles, penguins, octopi, etc.
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Additional Notes: They have an IMAX theater but we probably won't be there long enough to see anything (and it costs another $9.95).
What it is: 1 hour brewery tour with samplings
Price: Free! (suggested donation: $2)
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Additional Notes: All ages allowed, but if you want to sample the beers, you must be 21+ and have a valid ID. International people, have your passport with you!
Sports Museum (TD Bank Garden)
What it is: A zoo. Look at the animals.
Additional Notes: Animal exhibits include Yukon Creek, Windows to the Wild (small birds, mammals, and primates), Treasures of the Sierra Madre, Barnyard, Himalayan Highlands, and the Gibbon exhibit. Read more here.
What it is: guided tour of the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat
Hours: 10am - 4pm (Thurs-Sun only)
Additional Notes: All bags subject to visual search. Valid government-issued ID required to board the ship if you're 18+ (you can still explore the shipyard without showing ID).